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Transcribed from "An Illustrated History of The Big Bend Country, embracing Lincoln, Douglas, Adams and Franklin counties, State of Washington",  published by Western Historical Publishing Co., 1904.


     ALEXANDER D. ROBERTS, a pioneer of 1886, lives about one-half mile north from Tipso, where he owns an excellent farm which is well supplied with everything needed both for comfort and utility.  Mr. Roberts started in life amid the greatest adversity having no money and no acquaintances and was forced to make a little dugout for himself and wife and children to live in the first winter.  A couple of rough boards with a flour sack stretched over the aperture served for a door and a window and it was with the utmost endeavor that he obtained the barest necessities of life.  In early spring he packed his blankets from there to Spokane, a distance of one hundred and twenty miles, and had but one meal enroute.  He had left five pounds of flour and three pounds of bacon for his wife and children, but he soon secured work and had plenty of provisions.  From that time until the present, Mr. Roberts has labored incessantly and all that he now owns is the result of his wisely bestowed labors.  Those days of hardship and deprivation to the frontiersman have passed away forever in this part of the country, but they never can be too eloquently told for it is utterly impossible to explain to succeeding generations the efforts made, the obstables overcome, or the trying ordeals passed through.
     Alexander D. Roberts was born in Missouri on February 25, 1855.  His father, J. William Roberts, was born in Kentucky and went with his parents to Missouri when an infant.  His father bought land in Missouri at that time at twenty-five cents per acre and became a very worthy and influential farmer.  The mother of our subject, Sarah (Walker) Roberts, was born in Kentucky and moved to Missouri when young.  Our subject was educated in the common schools of Missouri, then engaged in farming and in due time came to Spokane.  He labored there and in the Palouse country until sufficient was made to land him in Lincoln county.  Perhaps there is no one in this part of the county who has seen greater hardships and borne them with more excellent fortitude than Mr. Roberts and his wife.  They now have everything that a first class farm can produce and are among the prominent and esteemed people here.  Mr. Roberts has the following brothers and sisters, Joseph A., Franklin T., David C., Samuel, deceased, W. W., Mary A., deceased, Susie, Jennie and Carrie.
     In 1881, Mr. Roberts married Miss E. Esther Page, a native of Nebraska.  Her parents, Alfred and Elizabeth Buchannon, were early pioneers in Nebraska.  To Mr. and Mrs. Roberts, the following named chlidren have been born: Mrs. Della M. Funk, in Spokane; Mrs. Anna B. Lewis; Mrs. Carrie Nellie Stevenson, Mrs. Sadie E. Stevenson, Roxie L., Eliglah L., Enoch F., I. Pearl, Paul L., and Joseph D.
 

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